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The new J-BAS biosecurity plan takes effect from July 1

Queensland Country LifeReported by: Helen Walker
Sale Date: 03-May-2017
Sale Location: QLD

New rules: A snapshot of a beef producer's B-JAS score. Producers need a score of eight to move cattle into the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Beef producers who wish to access these markets must now have a biosecurity plan and meet the J-BAS entry requirement.

Livestock producers are being warned not to ignore the new Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) when it takes effect on July 1.

Under the new J-BAS framework, Johne’s Disease will be managed on-farm like many other diseases such as pesti-virus and the Livestock Biosecurity Network has developed a J-BAS template as a risk profiling tool for cattle producers.  . 

AgForce Cattle President Bim Struss said Queensland producers were currently managing Johne’s disease by monitoring their herd and managing risks using the Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) following the removal of biosecurity zones in 2016.

But the situation has been complicated after the Northern Territory introduced additional access requirements. 

“The Northern Territory’s decision to change access requirements means producers will need a biosecurity plan that includes a Northern Territory Health Certificate and Waybill signed by a Queensland biosecurity officer, a Cattle Health Declaration and a National Vendors Declaration,” he said.

Mr Struss said AgForce had joined with Livestock Biosecurity Network and Biosecurity Queensland to provide advice and resources at a range of events across north-west Queensland.

These included the Yelvertoft Campdraft near Mount Isa at Easter along with workshops held in Winton and Cloncurry, this week. 

“With nearly a third of the live export cattle exported through the Darwin Port sourced in Queensland, AgForce strongly encourages all producers sending cattle through the Northern Territory to put in place a biosecurity plan as soon as possible,” Mr Struss said.

The framework has tools available to assist producers in participating in the Johne’s Beef Assurance Scoring System.  

The highest J-BAS score is an eight which requires the property to complete a vet approved biosecurity plan, two successive negative sample tests two years apart and ongoing triennial check tests.

The next status down is a J-BAS seven which requires the property to complete a vet approved biosecurity plan and one negative sample test a minimum of five years after the last confirmed clinical case on the property.

The framework plan then moves to a six, further to a four, followed by a two, and then the bottom score is a zero, indicating unmanaged risks.   

Beef producers who wish to sell stud and commercial cattle into the Northern Territory and Western Australian markets must have a biosecurity plan and meet the required J-BAS entry requirement for that state that takes effect on July 1.

The biosecurity plan must include the components specified in the checklist list for Johne’s disease in cattle and must be completed by June 30.

The checklist includes engaging a vet to oversee your plan and ensure it is adequate. 

AgForce is working with the Northern Territory Government to reduce these requirements but producers who move cattle to the NT need to be aware of, and actively preparing for, the change in movement protocols which take effect from July, 1 this year.

Contact: Rachael O’Brien: 0418 722461 

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